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Neighbors for Neighbors takes on Willows' disasterpreparedness

Original post made by Teresa Ryals, Menlo Park: The Willows, on Jul 12, 2007

We're committed to each and every one of our families in the Willows being prepared in the event of a disaster.

The predictable, almost certain, future if we keep going on, business as usual, is us being devastated, most of us unprepared, losing precious loved ones--most especially our more vulnerable children, handicapped neighbors, and elderly neighbors--not to mention property and services.

There is the likelihood of prepared neighbors needing to thinly distribute their supplies to unprepared neighbors or, worst case, desperate, unprepared neighbors accosting those who have prepared themselves. There might be packs of panicked pets and feral animals. Not even accounting for the unconsidered, unforeseen circumstances, I'm sure you can imagine what it would be like if a disaster hit us as you were reading this.

We're committed to us being related to each other as a community and the wonderful possibility of us, in the face of a disaster, to be set for it as a community and come through it, working together, being there for each other, making sure each individual is taken care of. What a great victory over the predictable future that would be!

Clearly this is something it will take a critical mass of us to accomplish, and we would love it if you could take this on with us, to whatever extent you are able.

If you are willing, please contact us (at ryalshousehold@mac.com) with input on what system we can set in place that would have you actually taking steps to complete the disaster preparedness list provided by the City of Menlo Park and/or U.S. Geological survey. If you are willing to be a leader on this project with us or are willing to contribute in some other capacity, please let us know.

We realize that we are all VERY (sometimes it seems unconfrontably) busy. However, when a disaster hits, it will force us to make time. We would all prefer to be more in control of when and how we put time into dealing with it.

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